What constitutes Anthony Rother's sound? Precisely how is it he manages to do what he does. A partial answer to this can be found with the new album "Super Space Model".

I had been wondering where he'd go to next after the excellent "Art Is a Technology" and here it is. Rother's time spent in his studio has not gone to waste. It's plain to one and all what he was trying to do with "Popkiller". This.

"Don't Worry" bumps along with quite the catchy set of hooks anchoring themselves effortlessly. His love of odd glitchy loops is in evidence here and even though the lyrics don't really stand out, they are effective nevertheless. The slowly building atmospheres he weaves in and out of this track are impressive without being oppressive. A bouncy, hopeful tune which is followed by the monochromatic, mechanized blitzkrieg of "Youth". Clearly, this song is designed to get people moving, and I've no doubt that it already has resulted in blisteringly sweat-soaked club kids the world over. There's just something so damn clever about it all; that it has not been released as a single surprises me. The last third or so of "Youth" makes me wonder just how much of Rother's work Covenant have been listening to over the years. Start this one at 3:19 in and tell me you don't hear more than just a passing similarity.

Acoustical work plays a more prominent role on "Super Space Model" than before, especially with the album's opener "Nature". It's strange to hear him put out work like this with its clattering guitar riffs twitching alongside unconventional beats and strained rhythms but then again, predictability has never been Rother's calling card. I'm really impressed by what he's achieved here, an electronic album that clocks in at over seventy minutes and never gets ponderous or laden down by torpor. Not many artists can manage this anymore but here's one who has no qualms doing exactly that.


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